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Manchester City welcome Cardiff City to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live on NBCSN, and online via Live Extra) as Manuel Pellegrini’s men look to keep their 100 percent record going at home.

10 wins from 10 in the league so far has seen City became most people’s favorites to win the title, but Cardiff definitely know how to grind out results against Pellegrini’s men.

Remember back to a sunny August day in South Wales? The Bluebirds beat City 3-2 in a memorable win at the Cardiff City Stadium. Oh how Ole Gunnar Solksjaer would love a repeat of that in just his second PL game in charge of Cardiff.


But it will be a tall order as City have racked up 99 goals across all competitions so far this season, as the likes of Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo and the returning Sergio Aguero have all been in wonderful form. Cardiff’s defense could have a torrid time of they don’t set their stall out properly on Saturday.

In team news Man City leave Aguero on the bench and make seven changes fromt he team that beat Blackburn in the FA Cup last time out. Yaya Toure, David Silva and Vincent Kompany all come back in.

While Cardiff make four changes, as Mutch, Gunnarsson, McNaughton and Turner come in to the staring XI.


Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Kolarov, Navas, Yaya Toure, Javi Garcia, Silva, Negredo, Dzeko

Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Nastasic, Clichy, Fernandinho, Milner, Aguero

Cardiff City: Marshall; McNaughton, Caulker, Turner, Theophile-Catherine; Whittingham, Medel, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Noone; Campbell

Subs: Lewis; Hudson, Odemwingie, Kim, Eikrem, Bellamy, John


VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.

Agent: Liverpool contacted Klopp only after Rodgers firing

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Jurgen Klopp arrives to be unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC at a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.

However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.

“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”

Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”

It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.